WINCHENDON (CBS) — About 150 people came to the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon Monday to honor a Massachusetts WWII veteran who died nine years ago with no known kin.
Sgt. Leroy Blaisdell was born in Lynn and joined the U.S. Army Air Force about three weeks after Pearl Harbor in 1941. When he died in 2008 in Florida, his remains were cremated, and ended up in the Veterans’ Services office in Ipswich.READ MORE: Fight On School Bus In Boston Sends Child, 2 Police Officers To Hospital
Veterans’ Services Officer Karen Tyler decided it was time Blaisdell was laid to rest.
“I wanted to do the right thing by him, and bring him to where he does have family and friends–among all the other veterans that have served for this country,” said Tyler.READ MORE: Expert Brought In By I-Team Now Helping Saugus Determine Source Of Fly Infestation
Veterans’ groups, police, and others showed up Monday to honor Sgt. Blaisdell in a memorial service with full military honors.
“I was really happy to see such a big turnout,” said Tyler. “He’s getting what he deserves.”MORE NEWS: Boston Nightlife Venue Will Require COVID Vaccine Card Proof Or Masks Due To Delta Variant
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports